Brooke’s Post: Tuna Salad Without The Tuna: A Vegetarians Dream

fullsizerender-4For the past 15 years I have practiced vegetarianism. Being a 5 year old and finding out that meat was an animal, broke my aspiring Veterinarian heart. Ever since, I have cut meat out of my life completely. I do still eat eggs and dairy, therefore being considered a lacto-ovo vegetarian.

At this point in my life I continue to practice vegetarianism not so much for the mercy of animals but for health reasons and the nutrition behind the lifestyle. I can honestly say that I do not miss meat or fish in the slightest, except for tuna. I can still smell the homemade tuna my grandma would prepare me as a young child. It wasn’t until age 7 that I figured out tuna was fish, which left my 7 year old self-feeling very guilty and upset that all these years I had been eating fish and no one informed me. My family thought this little proclamation of vegetarianism was just a stage in my life. Tricking me into still eating meat would be easy since I could not read labels or packages yet. My parents would tell me the meat they served was soy, and that tuna was just tuna not fish. As I started to be able to read packages and ingredient lists, I remember checking every single “soy” meat package my mom would buy. So some could say that my vegetarianism started at age 7 not 5. I haven’t eaten tuna since then, and have always missed this specific salad, until my mom introduced to me Chickpea Tuna Salad, without the tuna.

So here is an amazing vegetarian friendly substitute that has me not missing real tuna one bit, Chickpea Tuna Salad.  This salad contains all the same ingredients as tuna salad, minus the tuna. Chickpeas are a nutrient dense food falling in the legume family along with being a complex carbohydrate. Chickpeas contain 268 calories per cup, along with 12.5 grams of dietary fiber, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 14.5 grams of protein and 4.2 grams of fat. Chickpeas are high in vitamins and minerals, some being manganese, folate, copper, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Chickpeas have come to be one of my personal favorites, establishing from this salad along with hummus. Chickpeas not only taste amazing but also have amazing effects on the human body. Chickpeas are proven to control blood sugar levels, enhance satiety and promote weight loss, and protect against heart disease.

This salad is great on pitas, crackers, in lettuce wraps or even just spooning it out of the bowl, it will not disappoint.

 

Ingredients

  • One can chickpeas
  •  One tablespoon dill relish
  • Diced onion and celery
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard

Directions

  1. Rinse and Drain one can of chickpeas
  2. Mash chickpeas in a medium size bowl
  3. Add one Tbsp of dill relish
  4. Add dice onion and celery, quantity depending on preference
  5. Add mayonnaise and mustard until salad has a moist consistency
  6. Add salt and pepper
  7. Store in fridge
  8. Enjoy!
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